The Governors of Kingsland CE Primary School are wholly committed to ensuring that an outstanding education is provided for the children of this community. Two of the governors have served in this role for over 30 years and the school benefits from such wisdom and perspective. The team is well-balanced and dynamic with a variety of skills offered to support the school and, through encouragement and challenge, ensure that it continues to develop in every way.
From left to right. our school governors pictured here are:
Sue Lewis (Clerk) Wendy Maddocks (Foundation Governor) Claire Martin (Parent Governor) Sebastian Bowen (LA Governor) Edward Wallington (Parent Governor) Hannah Vernon (Foundation Governor) Sue Green (Staff Governor) Beth Pritchard (Associate Governor) Steve Powell ( Associate Governor)
Front row - Mark Bishop (Foundation Governor) Wendy Priday (Foundation Governor) Stewart Debenham (Headteacher) Helen Webb (Chair and Foundation Governor) Rev'd Julie Read (Vice Chair and Incumbent)
Not Pictured Shelley Connop (Foundation Governor)
MEET THE GOVERNORS
Helen Webb – Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors
I have been an active member of Kingsland Church for the last 20 years. During this time I have been a Sunday school teacher and actively involved in the youth of Kingsland Church helping out at many of the Children’s workshops. I have had three Children who are now grown up and have always been involved in their education and development. I have been a parent governor of another school in Herefordshire. I am currently on the Parochial Church Council. Professionally I have a training and financial background. I now work for two Charities in Ludlow and Hereford.
I believe I have a number of skills to offer, from a religious and financial perspective. I would like to promote a closer relationship between the Parish Church and the school, as well as contributing to the continued educational successes of the children at the school.
Rev’d Julie Read – Ex-officio Foundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
As priest at Kingsland Church I am an ex-officio foundation governor of Kingsland School and I am very privileged to be so. My responsibilities cover the whole of the catchment area for Kingsland School as I look after the parishes of Kingsland, Eardisland and Aymestrey. I offer a chaplaincy role to the school bringing the care of the Christian Faith to children, staff and parents alike. I take a weekly school assembly and seek to help prepare the children for life in this richly diverse country. I have been a teacher myself of music and mathematics at secondary level and enjoy serving as a governor seeking to continue to uphold the excellence that this school enjoys.
Cllr Sebastian Bowen – LA Governor
I was born in India and lived there until I was 6 before moving to Kashmir – perhaps the most beautiful place in the world. I then lived in Botswana, South Africa for the next 5 years and spent time at school in Johannesburg.
I have been living locally for many years and have the privilege of being your Councillor for over 10 years and an LA Governor at this school for about 14 years with responsibility for Special Needs, Eco Schools, Conservation and Travel Plan.
I think Kingsland School is one of the best in the country let alone the county and I am impressed by its achievements. I am currently Vice Chairman of the Governors and Chairman of Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee and being a school Governor at Kingsland helps me to keep in touch with the real world of education.
Mark Bishop – Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor at Kingsland School for over 25 years. I am in business locally and my special areas of interest are Health and Safety, Finance and Buildings. I have collaborated on most of the building projects including the hall extension and more recently the classroom extensions. I have lived in the village for 16 years and attend the church. I also learnt to ring the bells during my youth. I have had the privilege of being involved in the appointment of the last 3 Headteachers. I am committed to Kingsland School and its staff and pupils and will endeavour to ensure it continues to thrive.
Shelley Connop – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at Kingsland School and have 3 children who have been educated at Kingsland, one is now in her final year. I am fully committed to the school and strive to encourage the independent and determined learning of all the children whilst they are in our care. Within the Governor role I am involved with Health & Safety, Finance & Premises and have taken on the role of Treasurer. I have also taken on the Governor liaison for EYFS and the Outside Learning spectrum in the school. You learn something new every day.
Stewart Debenham – Headteacher As Headteacher, I am responsible for leading maths, assessment and ICT and am fully involved in the life of the school. I passionately believe in ensuring the children achieve their potential, and promoting high standards throughout Kingsland CE Primary School.
Sue Green – Staff Governor
I was very pleased to be invited to represent the teaching staff on the Board of Governors. Having been a member of staff for over ten years I feel that I can contribute to discussions and decision making with integrity.
I was Foundation Governor for my children’s primary school for a period of four years in the 1990’s with specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
Wendy Maddocks – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at Kingsland School and I have lived in the village since 1993. I am an active member of Kingsland C of E Church, where I am particularly involved in the leadership of children’s and youth work, developing it over the years from Sunday School, Children’s services, holiday clubs and sleepovers to Messy Church. I have three sons who, between them, attended Kingsland School from 1999 to 2011, all who have gone on to be successful young men, due in no small part to the start that the School gave them.
I first came to this area due to my work as a BBC engineer and, after a career break to bring up my children, I retrained as a teacher and have taught Science to A level for 14 years in mainstream secondary schools. I therefore have a professional training in education as well as a drive and passion to support the work of the school staff and the education of the children. I have a particular interest in Mathematics in the school and in the spiritual development of the children and I am delighted to be able to work in this outstanding school with such a dedicated group of professionals, embedded in our local community and church.
Claire Martin – Parent Governor
I am a recently elected parent governor and feel honoured and humbled to have been appointed by the parents.
Until moving to a nearby village recently, I have lived for the previous 10 years in Kingsland and enjoyed being a part of the wonderful, warm community and I am looking forward to giving something back.
I am a Chartered Surveyor, so as well as being keen to assist the school in any way I can, I have a particular interest and much experience in property and buildings. I hope I can help facilitate general maintenance programmes and identify cost effective improvements which will keep our school safe, secure and offering the best facilities possible.
I have a daughter starting her education and a younger sibling and so have a long association with the school ahead of me.
Stephen Powell – Associate Governor
I have been a teacher at the school for 8 years and teach Year 2. I co-ordinate all sport in school and believe that PE is integral to teaching children to lead a healthy life both physically and mentally. I am also responsible for developing ICT in school and teach children about staying safe online alongside using technology in their learning. I have recently been appointed to the senior leadership team and to further improve my knowledge and the wider aspect of school management I am an associate governor. I feel it is an important part of being a leader to understand all the strategic development that takes place 'behind the scenes'.
Wendy Priday – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor on the Governing Body appointed by Eardisland PCC. My three children attended Kingsland School and I have been a Governor since 1984, serving as Treasurer for two years and Chair for twenty years, stepping down in October 2019. I am also on the executive committee of the Herefordshire Governors Association supporting communication and training for all governors in Herefordshire. Kingsland is an amazing village school with wonderful staff and children and it is a privilege to be part of the school’s accountable body, responsible for its conduct and promoting high standards throughout all areas, giving a first class education to all our children and ensuring their safety and wellbeing at all times.
Beth Pritchard – Associate Governor
I have been a teacher at the school for over ten years and lead English as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I feel it is an essential part of my leadership role to be a part of the school Governing Body. I believe that our school provides a wonderful learning environment and I am delighted to be a part of the ‘bigger picture’ in ensuring that we continue to strive to help all of our children shine. I am part of the ‘Love to Learn’ team, monitoring and improving attainment and progress.
Hannah Vernon – Foundation Governor
It's a great honour to serve as a member of the governing body of Kingsland School. I've enjoyed a long association with this wonderful place, having attended it as a pupil, and then returning as both a trainee and supply teacher. For the past 3 years I have been a weekly volunteer, which has given me a valuable insight into the life of the school. I never fail to be impressed by the sky-high standards of teaching and behaviour, as well as the warm and supportive family atmosphere.
I live in Kingsland and am a self-employed fundraiser with a particular interest in community buildings, environmental sustainability and mental health and wellbeing. As a Foundation Governor and a member of the Learn to Love committee, I hope to provide support and contribute my skills, knowledge and experience in any way that I can.
Edward Wallington – Parent Governor
I joined the Governors in July 2019 as a Parent Governor. As a parent of a young student, I am keen to help our school make a lasting, positive impact on our young people’s lives – academically, practically and culturally - whilst passing on outstanding skills and memorable experiences. I have trained and worked in Montessori nurseries and am aware of the importance of early years development and helping to provide young people with a foundation for their future achievements.
I have an extensive management and leadership background specialising in data analyses, planning, resourcing, finance, marketing, and staff development opportunities gained from working across academia, charities, and public and private sector organisations. I aim to put my experience to best use in support of our School across a variety of areas, and to enhance the impact that our school has on our community and the young people we cherish.
Sue Lewis – Clerk and School Administrator
I am School Administrator and Clerk to the Governors. I grew up in Kingsland and attended the school. I also sang in the choir and have returned to ring the bells at the Church. I enjoy all aspects of school life and the day to day running of the office as well as issues nationally that affect schools. I have completed the ‘Certificate in School Business Management’ and the ‘Diploma in School Business Management’ and would like to further my knowledge with professional clerking training in the future.